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Wendy Williams has been part of the daytime TV lineup with The Wendy Williams Show since way back in 2008, but her run as host hasn't been without its complications. Williams opened up about a variety of health struggles in recent years after collapsing live on television, and now the host is taking an extended break from her show. Health complications following an injury in December and due to Graves' disease will keep her off the air. Here's what's happening.
Back in December, Wendy Williams revealed that she had a painful shoulder fracture, and she underwent surgery for the fracture. Williams actually did a show while on painkillers that was not as successful as episodes filmed without painkillers, and she took to social media to apologize, as it had been recommended to her that she not return as quickly as she did.
Wendy Williams missed the taping that had been scheduled for December 17, and the show then went into a brief hiatus as was originally scheduled the next week. Then, she extended the hiatus beyond the January 7 return date that had originally been set. January 21 was then set for Williams to begin taping again. As of the latest extension, there is currently no date listed for Williams' return to the series, although fans of the show will get new episodes.
Beginning on January 28, The Wendy Williams Show will begin airing original episodes once more, with guest hosts stepping in while Wendy Williams is gone. Reruns will air during the week of January 21. Producer and distributor Debmar-Mercury supports Williams' decision to extend her leave for the sake of her health and will "welcome her back with open arms the moment she is ready."
The family of Wendy Williams also released a statement regarding Williams' decision to extend her absence (via Variety):
Over the past few days, Wendy has experienced complications regarding her Graves' Disease that will require treatment. Wendy will be under the strict supervision of her physicians, and as part of her care, there will be significant time spent in the hospital. Despite her strong desire to return, she is taking a necessary, extended break from her show to focus on her personal and physical well-being.
Wendy Williams opened up about her diagnosis with Graves' disease back in February 2018, when she announced live on camera that she would take a break from the show for three weeks. She explained that Graves' diseases is an autoimmune disorder the causes the overproduction of thyroid hormones. At the time, she stated that women need to "stop putting everyone first" and take care of themselves. By extending her absence from The Wendy Williams show, Williams seems to indeed be taking care of herself as a priority.
Hopefully the break will be exactly what Wendy Williams needs to take care of herself and recover to the point that she can return to the job that she seems to love very much. For now, you can tune in to reruns next week and episodes with guest hosts the week after. If you're in the market for some primetime viewing options as well, take a look at our midseason premiere schedule for some options.